Why Shirley by Charlotte Bronte Should Not Be Forgotten

When you ask someone what their favourite Bronte book is, the most common thing to hear is Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. They’re the ones the schools teach, the ones with numerous adaptations, the ones that have their name printed onto mugs and tote bags. But why is it that these two are the ones…

Finishing my Literature Degree: A Post on Some Memories

This time last week I was handing in my dissertation. I was going through the last checks, Β praying that there were no errors, and finally binding and submitting. Like that the three years ended; I realised that there would be no more seminars, essays, assigned reading. I had been looking forward to this day, fantasising…

My Favourite Reading Accessories

It’s a known fact that reading is better with a cup of tea and a snack, with a particular favourite reading nook, and amongst your favourite things. So I wanted to write a blog post showing all my favourite reading accessories, the things I love to have near me and with me while I read,…

Five Types of Books To Read on Rainy Days

I’m not sure if this makes me sit amongst the minority or majority of the reading community here, but I definitely have some books that I like to reserve for a rainy day. To me, some books just don’t read as well when it’s sunny. I sometimes feel like I can’t fully absorb into a…

Revisiting The Favourites

A couple of weeks ago I finished my second year of University, and at the end of it all I really wanted was to just sit down, watch an episode of Shadowhunters with a packet of biscuits, a cup of tea, and think of rereading the books that I read when I was fifteen. I…

The Comfort of Bookshops: Secondhand, Independent, Chain…

It’s so tempting to go straight to Amazon when you have a book in mind, to look for the best deal, to get it delivered to your door so that you have more time for actual reading. But yesterday I made the decision to go to the bookstores in my town with no set book…

What Makes A Book A Favourite?

Whenever anybody used to ask me what my favourite book was, I would straight away say Jane Eyre. It was an immediate response, I never had to think, the words just came out of my mouth and it was known to all around me that I was a Jane Eyre girl. But then they would…

A Little Trip to the Home of Jane Austen

A few weeks ago I made a trip to the house of Jane Austen in her home of Chawton, Hampshire. The house has been opened as a museum, and for under ten pounds you can wonder around the house’s garden, kitchen, bedrooms, drawing room, and more, while being able to look at famous objects such…

Everything Is Actually A Mess

How Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors’ can tell us more than what we thought it could The Comedy of Errors is often thought of as Shakespeare’s least linguistically rich text, that it doesn’t tell us as much about humanity as his others, that it is a bumbling production of humour and twins and escapism. But…